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Comments on: In Exodus: As Simple as H2O http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/blog/2013/03/07/in-exodus-as-simple-as-h2o/ Subject to Terms of Use: See http://www.stanford.edu/home/atoz/terms.html Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:58:25 -0700 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 hourly 1 By: Ben Rudolph http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/blog/2013/03/07/in-exodus-as-simple-as-h2o/comment-page-1/#comment-4463 Ben Rudolph Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:19:00 +0000 http://stanford.edu/class/humbio129/cgi-bin/blogs/?p=17533#comment-4463 Great post, and yes water is super important to women's safety. I also think WASH programs need to start implementing household sanitation. Even if the water at the source is not contaminated, it can easily become contaminated. For example, when there is a bunch of mud in the water bucket a woman might use her hand to clean out the bucket, but since she's also in charge of the children, she might have just been wiping her baby's bottom. All of sudden you have contaminated water again. Great post, and yes water is super important to women’s safety. I also think WASH programs need to start implementing household sanitation. Even if the water at the source is not contaminated, it can easily become contaminated. For example, when there is a bunch of mud in the water bucket a woman might use her hand to clean out the bucket, but since she’s also in charge of the children, she might have just been wiping her baby’s bottom. All of sudden you have contaminated water again.

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By: Sam http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/blog/2013/03/07/in-exodus-as-simple-as-h2o/comment-page-1/#comment-4465 Sam Sun, 10 Mar 2013 06:03:22 +0000 http://stanford.edu/class/humbio129/cgi-bin/blogs/?p=17533#comment-4465 This is such an important issue to discuss and I'm happy you took on the task of addressing it. Its really cool to hear about ways people are trying to improve situations for others, especially when one produces such a large impact. You could argue that the impact of bringing fresh water closer to the homes of people around the world is up in the ranks of being one of the most important health and safety issues communities face. When major progress is made in this field, its really cool to hear about. So, thanks for sharing this topic! This is such an important issue to discuss and I’m happy you took on the task of addressing it. Its really cool to hear about ways people are trying to improve situations for others, especially when one produces such a large impact. You could argue that the impact of bringing fresh water closer to the homes of people around the world is up in the ranks of being one of the most important health and safety issues communities face. When major progress is made in this field, its really cool to hear about. So, thanks for sharing this topic!

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By: Christina http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/blog/2013/03/07/in-exodus-as-simple-as-h2o/comment-page-1/#comment-4467 Christina Sun, 10 Mar 2013 01:00:44 +0000 http://stanford.edu/class/humbio129/cgi-bin/blogs/?p=17533#comment-4467 Kadesia, thanks for sharing! I found the Oxfam photos especially interesting and really helped me better understand what conditions are like in the refugee camps. I really liked the picture of Oxfam workers creating holes in the ground for access to clean water because although the background of the photo seemed so dull and dispiriting, it seemed like the workers were full of hope as they drilled holes. I find it shocking that interventions by Oxfam and other NGOs are even necessary regarding something as basic as access to clean, safe drinking water. Besides the obvious fact that clean water will decrease the prevalence of food-borne diseases, I think that access to clean water also just has a huge psychological impact on all the refugees. Women will no longer have to worry about something so prevalent and important in their lives as access to water. Kadesia, thanks for sharing! I found the Oxfam photos especially interesting and really helped me better understand what conditions are like in the refugee camps. I really liked the picture of Oxfam workers creating holes in the ground for access to clean water because although the background of the photo seemed so dull and dispiriting, it seemed like the workers were full of hope as they drilled holes. I find it shocking that interventions by Oxfam and other NGOs are even necessary regarding something as basic as access to clean, safe drinking water. Besides the obvious fact that clean water will decrease the prevalence of food-borne diseases, I think that access to clean water also just has a huge psychological impact on all the refugees. Women will no longer have to worry about something so prevalent and important in their lives as access to water.

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By: robsan24 http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/blog/2013/03/07/in-exodus-as-simple-as-h2o/comment-page-1/#comment-4469 robsan24 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:13:53 +0000 http://stanford.edu/class/humbio129/cgi-bin/blogs/?p=17533#comment-4469 Refugee camps seem to be an area that can be pretty greatly effected by some simple but clever interventions. As you mention above even just changing the layout of the camp can have a huge impact on safety. Besides lowering walking distances access to clean water will probably improve women's lives in several ways. Because women are often the caretakers simply having a family that is not struggling with disease and illness (because they have clean water to drink) can have a tremendous impact on a woman's life. Also having clean water during pregnancy can be very important to both maternal and child health. Overall very cool project from Oxfam. Also the pictures are great! I feel like photography always adds a powerful dynamic to storytelling. Refugee camps seem to be an area that can be pretty greatly effected by some simple but clever interventions. As you mention above even just changing the layout of the camp can have a huge impact on safety. Besides lowering walking distances access to clean water will probably improve women’s lives in several ways. Because women are often the caretakers simply having a family that is not struggling with disease and illness (because they have clean water to drink) can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s life. Also having clean water during pregnancy can be very important to both maternal and child health. Overall very cool project from Oxfam.

Also the pictures are great! I feel like photography always adds a powerful dynamic to storytelling.

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